THE CRICKET GROUND
Home of Wormsley Cricket
Ever since Sir Paul Getty was first introduced to cricket by Mick Jagger, a neighbour in Cheyne Walk, over cups of tea whilst watching Test Matches on the television in the 1960s, he fell in love with the quintessentially English game. When he acquired Wormsley in 1985, another great friend from the world of cricket – legendary commentator Brian Johnston – persuaded him to create a cricket ground on the Estate. Harry Brind OBE, the legendary groundsman at The Oval, was commissioned to lay the square and create a replica of the Test Match ground at Wormsley.
- Excellent facilities
- Traditional surroundings
- Local fixtures
The result is often described as “one of the most beautiful grounds in England” – a justifiable description, not only for the beautiful setting but also for the quality and consistency of the wickets & outfield that Head Groundsman Simon Tremlin and his team have been producing for over 25 years.
The first game on the new ground was fittingly between two local villages that border the Estate – Ibstone v Fingest on Sunday 10thMay 1992. These village games continue to this day and form an important part of the history of the game at Wormsley.
The Wormsley ground was officially opened on Sunday 24th May 1992, by Bob Wyatt (England Captain – 40 caps) who rang the Wormsley Bell and Fred Trueman (67 England caps) who raised the Wormsley Flag. The Sir Paul Getty XI played host to the MCC, watched by Her Majesty The Queen Mother and the then Prime Minister, Sir John Major.
To this day, the Sir Paul Getty XI continues to be a cornerstone of cricket at Wormsley with annual matches against the Eton Ramblers, the Arabs and I Zingari – teams steeped in history & tradition and close to the heart of Sir Paul.
Today, Wormsley plays host to a range of cricket throughout the season, from a small number of Corporate days to England age-group matches and England Women’s Test Matches, from Charity fixtures for the likes of The Lord’s Taverners and Chance to Shine to now being the home to the Minor Counties and Oxfordshire Cricket Finals.
The ground is not only restricted to cricket – throughout the year it hosts a variety of events including sports & music festivals, corporate family days, wedding receptions, product launches and outdoor film / concert screenings.
- Product Launches
- Private Parties
- Festivals / Sports Events
- Performances / Concerts
- Country Pursuits